New Delhi: Once bitten, twice shy - the adage seems fit for Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan who has decided to skip Prime Minister Narendra Modi's function in Nagpur on Thursday. Chavan was hooted down during a public event in Solapur last week when he shared the stage with the PM.
Chavan had to stop speaking during the function as the crowd began to chant Modi's name.
This was repeated this week when Modi attended an event with Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda who was shouted down by a crowd chanting Modi's name.
The Congress alleged conspiracy saying it seemed to be the BJP's trick to embarrass Congress leaders.
"The suspicion that Modi has dictator's mentality is now coming true," Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said. "To the date never a Chief Minister was humiliated in the presence of the Prime Minister at any function," he said.
"Modi supporters created disturbance and the PM did not utter a word. This is dangerous for the democracy," the Congress spokesperson said. "Similar incident happened with Haryana Chief Minister too at a PM's function," Sawant stated. "Such incidents were not expected to happen in Maharashtra which boasts of progressive ideology of Rajarshi Shahu, Mahatma Phule and Babasaheb Ambedkar. The Modi mentality is responsible for this," he said.
"Next time, we won't tolerate such incidents. Congress won't keep quiet. Congress opposes not Modi the individual but the Modi mentality," he said.
Sawant also said that recent statements by RSS, VHP and Shiv Sena leaders pose threat to the integrity of the country. To say that this country belongs only to Hindus is to reject the Constitution drafted by Dr Ambedkar, he said.
(With inputs from PTI)